L.A.-based Locali Expands Footprint to the East Coast

Miami — Locali, a popular Los Angeles-based healthy convenience concept, has recently signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with Viable Foods, LLC to expand the rapidly-growing brand into the greater South Beach/Miami area. This deal marks the first expansion outside California for Locali, which plans to introduce its innovative ‘healthy convenience’ model to markets nationwide.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse to Expand in Wisconsin

Sun Prairie, Wis. — Johnny's Italian Steakhouse plans to expand in the state of Wisconsin. Johnny's currently has a foothold in the state with two existing locations in Eau Claire and Middleton. Its newest restaurant is projected to open in Sun Prairie, Wis., in August. The growing restaurant franchise plans to bring five additional locations to the area over the next 3 years.  

Dunkin’ Donuts Plans 7 New Restaurants in Montgomery, Alabama

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisees Lagunita Franchise Operations, LLC (LFO). Over the next several years, the franchisee group is planning to open seven new restaurants throughout Montgomery, Ala. The first two locations are scheduled to open in 2019.

Orangetheory Fitness Names New SVP of Domestic Franchise Development

Boca Raton, Fla. — Orangetheory® Fitness has hired Mike Mettler as senior vice president of domestic franchise development. He will be responsible for overseeing the company's domestic growth and expansion, as well as providing strategic leadership to assist the fitness franchise in achieving its goal of having more than 1,100 open studios worldwide by the end of 2018.

Circle K Opens Franchise Opportunities in Canada

Laval, Quebec — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (Couche-Tard), one of the world's largest convenience store retailers with over 15,000 stores globally, has announced new full-service franchise opportunities with its Circle K brand in Canada. The expansion marks the first time the Circle K brand will be franchised in Canada with the offer initially targeting the Ontario province.

Famed New York Pizza Concept Expanding to New Jersey

New York City — Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, the rapidly expanding New York artisanal pizza concept, has signed a five-unit franchise deal to bring Artichoke Basille’s Pizza to New Jersey. The New Jersey stores will be located in Hoboken, Jersey City, New Brunswick, Princeton and Newark.

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